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Miss. Man Arrested For Crash That Killed Tractor Trailer Driver

18 wheeler crash I10 fatal - photo by Louisiana State Police, via Nola

A Mississippi man suspecting of causing a fatal accident on I-10 in Louisiana by illegally and recklessly passing on the shoulder will be brought back to Louisiana to face criminal charges. Daniel Alex Coy, 25, of Gulfport, Miss., was arrested by Louisiana State Troopers Monday afternoon and returned to St. Tammany Parish, La., where he is charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and felony hit and run. Tractor trailer driver Steven Shawn Clark, 26, of Theodore, Ala., was killed when his truck was forced off the Middle Pearl River bridge just west of the Mississippi-Louisiana border ... Read More

Fatal I-10 crash underlines importance of sharing the road with big rigs

18 wheeler No Zones - courtesy Alabama Department of Public Safety

State police in Slidell, La., said the apparent cause of a fatal crash on Interstate 10 earlier this week was a motorist’s attempt to pass an 18-wheeler in foggy conditions. Police say the driver of a pickup truck trying to pass on the shoulder probably couldn’t tell the road narrowed to a bridge ahead of the truck. When the driver ran out of road room, police believe he swerved back onto the road and collided with the 18-wheeler. The impact forced the 18-wheeler driver to crash into another big rig traveling in the left lane, and an 18-wheeler crashed through ... Read More

Recall: Metal shavings found in some jars of Skippy peanut butter

Recall - Skippy reduced fat peanut butter

Jars of Skippy peanut butter are being pulled from store shelves over concerns that some may contain metal shavings. The recall involves 153 cases – or 1,871 pounds – of 16.3-ounce jars Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with a “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500. The peanut butter was sent to distributors for Publix, Target and Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas. Hormel Foods Sales initiated the recall after metal shavings were discovered during an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The Food ... Read More

Fair Labor Standards Act: Workers Compensation, statutes of limitation and eligible claims

The Fraud List: Fair Labor Edition

This is the seventh installment in The Fraud List: Fair Labor Series The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regularly protects workers’ rights on a wide range of issues related to overtime, minimum wage and even child labor. Labor laws also ensure workplace safety, and provide for compensation for employees who are injured on the job thorough a program known as worker’s compensation. Workers’ compensation laws are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards. These laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses. ... Read More

Halloween attraction shut down after fire officials identify 36 code violations

Haunted House, serious safety violations - WSFA image

Every Halloween, adults and children alike line up outside of their town’s favorite haunted houses. Sometimes the attractions can draw spectacular crowds each year and even be for a good cause, but it’s still important that operations be conducted in a safe manner. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Located in Elmore County, Ala., a popular haunted trail known as the “Maze of Terror” is being shut down by state fire officials. The officials were informed of the Halloween attraction’s dangers by a concerned citizen prior to its second weekend of the operating season. Ed Paulk, the Alabama State Fire ... Read More

Deadly week pushes Alabama past 2014 traffic fatality statistics

crash Bham, Arkadelphia - image by W.D.E. 2 U via Twitter

A week in October that saw 16 traffic-related deaths has pushed Alabama past its 2014 traffic fatality statistic. Alabama State Troopers reported 16 traffic-related deaths between Oct. 12-18, bringing the state’s total to 413 deaths for 2015. By contrast, there were 398 fatalities in 2014. Sadly, it is likely there will be additional traffic-related injuries and deaths before the end of the year, particularly during the dangerous holiday driving season. Most of the reported deaths resulted from single-vehicle crashes. Although all of the crashes are currently still under investigation, State Troopers reported seat belts did not appear to have been used ... Read More

Small plane crash takes life of pilot with connections to ‘Mockingbird’ author

Plane crash, Patrick Carter, Harper Lee 2 - photo by Jeff Schmerker

A small plane crash that occurred in Missoula, Mont., this week is now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Missoula County Sherriff’s Office (MSCO) due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the crash. “We have a team that is investigating. They should have arrived on the scene today. They are going to be looking at the wreckage. They’re going to be looking at the engines,” Terry Williams, a spokesman for the NTSB, told AL.com. “They’re going to be looking at pilot records and maintenance records, those are the very standard parts of an investigation … So we’re just ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Auburn University employee


A wrongful termination lawsuit was filed this week by a former Auburn University employee claiming the school violated Alabama’s Whistleblower Act by denying his rights to free speech and due process when he expressed concern over football ticket practices. According to AL.com, W. Matthew Davis’ lawsuit claims he worked for the Auburn athletic department’s fundraising arm, Tigers Unlimited, when he learned that “between 3,500 and 3,800″ seats in the Tigers Unlimited donor area were being sold at face value, not through Tigers Unlimited. Fans pay a “donation,” typically ranging from about $140 to $3,000, to reserve priority seating, although it was claimed ... Read More

Lyme disease: what you need to know to about tick bites

Tick - Ixodes scapularis, CDC image

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), seven different counties in the state have recently been named regions of “endemic” Lyme disease, indicating a constant presence of the infection among residents. The counties, which consist of Calhoun, Chambers, Jefferson, Shelby, Mobile, Russell and Tuscaloosa, are known for harboring high populations of ticks – an insect known for passing various illnesses to humans through its bite. Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is carried by a select number of ticks with black legs. When a tick bite occurs, symptoms often don’t appear until a few days or ... Read More

Alabama auto supplier fined after worker suffers accidental amputations


An Alabama automotive parts manufacturer will have to pay $103,000 in penalties after an investigation triggered by the amputation of a plant worker’s arm and fingers exposed a number of safety deficiencies that violate federal rules. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators inspected the Huntsville, Ala. plant of Matsu Alabama Inc., doing business as Matcor Automotive Inc., on Sept. 29 in response to a workplace accident that permanently disfigured a temporary worker. Matcor makes and supplies various auto parts to a number of automakers, including Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. According to OSHA, the worker was using ... Read More